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Date last updated: Wednesday, January 11, 16:30 PST
Men and women of law enforcement, I give you...money
By Brian Harris
Recently, I was sitting at an airport waiting for a flight when an advertisement over an electronic billboard caught my eye. The picture on the ad was a silhouette of a police officers’ face with a video camera extending out from the eyes. The caption read “Police see emergencies before they emerge” and touted being able to assist police agencies reduce crime by 25%.
Chances are, you can name off a couple of projects that need to happen in 2012, and maybe even a few more that would be nice to have. So let’s look into the crystal ball and see what lies down the road. Congress just passed the 2012 “Minibus” Appropriations Package so we now know what kind of funding is coming down the pike. Let’s take a look at what we’re up against for next year.
Basically, this means that grants will become more competitive as funds are going to be stretched further for maximum impact. The key to your success this year will be to develop projects that will involve, yes I’m going to say it, collaboration and cooperation as much as possible. Planning now and prioritizing your projects will put you in a good position once these funding opportunities open up.
The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG)
First, the Bureau of Justice Assistance will publish their annual local solicitation list. This list identifies communities eligible for funding under the JAG formula, which is mandated by congress. This formula takes into account your state’s share of the national population as well as your state’s share of the country’s part I violent crimes. Once this formula has been calculated, 60% of your states funds will go to the state itself and 40% will go to local eligible agencies, which will be posted in the local solicitation list sometime in late May or early June.
Second, your state will take a portion of that 60% and make a state level JAG grant available to local agencies through a competitive application process. These funds are called pass-through funds because they are passed down from the federal level and distributed by the state. Every state differs on how they distribute these funds so you need to identify your State Administering Agency (SAA) and contact them to find out more information.
Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Grants
Bullet-Proof Vest Partnership
So, we can all breathe a sigh of relief that the ugly rumors of grants going away for next year have been put to rest and it will truly be a happy holiday season. If you would like to feel smarter, you can read the full funding report for Criminal Justice and Homeland Security for yourself. Be sure to keep an eye on the Appropriations Committee website throughout the year for funding updates.
Enjoy the holiday season and get some much needed rest.
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